Monday, July 14, 2014

Layering: Tropical Sea Star

Rainbow Honey Sea Star Layering

Layering with Rainbow Honey Sea Star

Rainbow Honey Sea Star Layering

Rainbow Honey Sea Star Layering

Layering with Rainbow Honey Sea Star

Layering with Rainbow Honey Sea Star

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Revlon Tropical Rain
1 Coat Sally Hansen Wet Suit*
3 Coats Rainbow Honey Sea Star
2 Coats Seche Vite

I've officially dipped my feet in the sea of indie polishes! Rainbow Honey has been around for a while... I've honestly been following them for longer than I care to admit considering I placed my first order last week... O.o Let's just say I've been drooling over their gorgeous creations since before the days of Lunairetic and the Chrono Cross collection and leave it at that. :)

I saw some swatches of Sea Star on Claw of Cthulhu and I knew it needed to be added to the sparklestash STAT. I also purchased I'm the Hero, as well as July's mini-mystery bag. Not only am I super happy with my purchase of Sea Star... I'm pretty sure I'll be subscribing to their mystery bags on a monthly basis! (And you should too!!!)

Rainbow Honey describes Sea Star as follows, "a coral starfish mix and mingle in this sea of aqua, light blue, and irridescent glitters." There's a little bit of every kind of glitter in here, and it is sooooo well-balanced. At off angles, the iridescent glitter looks like tiny air bubbles you'd see in an aquarium, the lighter satin glitter reminds me of opalescent sea-shells, and the coral star-shaped glitter adds just the right punch of color and fun!

For my base, I used Revlon Tropical Rain... a mid-toned blue with a pearly blurple shimmer. (didn't really come through in the pics...) On top of that, I applied Sally Hansen Wet Suit very, very, sparingly, using the "distressed" method I also tried here. The idea was to have my base be a random mash-up of Tropical Rain and Wet Suit, allowing Sea Star to really shine, but also giving the mani just a little bit more depth.

All in all, I'm really happy with how this layering turned out... and I'm curious to see how Sea Star changes as its layered over different colors! I think a tan or white would be really pretty... OPI Samoan Sand and China Glaze Dandy-Lyin' Around come to mind... I also think this could look really cool over a bright coral polish.

How would you layer Sea Star?

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